Lockdown Journal : 16 March 2020

An OK couple of days but everything feels uncertain.  I think here in Norfolk, we've all felt reasonably safe and away from all the Coronavirus craziness but at the weekend, three cases were diagnosed in our local hospital. The hospital was closed to the public and everyone that was on site was asked to leave immediately.

Panic buying has well and truly hit our small town. The Tesco car park has been packed each time I've been past or popped in.  I normally do one big shop a week and perhaps pop in once a week if I need anything extra or to replace anything.  The last couple of times, I've made sure to grab 2 items of things instead of 1, just in case. D had to pop to Lidl with his Mum so he managed to grab a few extra things for the freezer for the children. Food shopping and the possibility of shortages is seriously stressing me out with E being such a fussy eater.  

Anxiety is still high but I do feel better knowing that I've done what I can to prepare in terms of making sure I have some supplies in to fall back on and I'm cleaning frequently. Today, on the news, they have said that there are ibuprofen and paracetamol shortages. I'm so glad that I thought to pick some up before everything ramped up.

Mum called yesterday. She came back from Morocco in the early hours and apparently it was chaos because flights are being stopped. They had no checks when they returned.  My impression was that she doesn't think it is as bad as everyone is making out on Facebook etc but that may well be because she hasn't had much in the way of internet access whilst she has been away. She's still planning on coming down but it fills me with unease so I said we will see what happens over the next few days.

L came over with A and E over the weekend so the kids could play. They were desperate for us to arrange another playdate but we told them that things are going to be looking very different soon and we won't be able to for some time. They weren't happy about it but we've explained that everyone will be in the same position and there's nothing we can do about it.

The school run has seemed quieter this week.  I'm not sure if that is because kids are being kept off with symptoms of if its because parents don't want to send them in. The thought of keeping mine off did cross my mind but I just don't know what to do for the best. I don't think it will be long until the schools are closed anyway.  I popped to B&M this morning to grab some compost. I was there just after 9.15 and it was still crazy busy, and I had to queue at the tills for 20 minutes.  If I'm going to be at home, I want to be able to tackle the garden! 

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